If you fancy taking your fur baby for a hike and seeing some wildlife at the same time, the Chickasaw Nature Trail is the paw-fect choice. You and your fur buddy can join the trailhead at the Big Sandy area of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge, just off of Lashee Springs Road. Your pup will need to be kept on their leash throughout the hike, but the exciting scents to discovers along the way will more than compensate for the restraint.
This trail is just over a mile in length and offers an easy stroll with no strenuous elevation which will leave either panting for breath. It's a great trail for senior dogs who like to amble along and take in the scenery at their own pace. The trail has a crushed rock surface and meanders in gentle curves through shady forested areas. The route has been furnished with plenty of benches for when pet and owner are in need of some rest. The benches are the perfect place to enjoy some peaceful moments sitting in a natural and tranquil environment.
The Chickasaw Nature Trail winds its way past several historic sites. There are the ruins of an old flour mill and also part of a rural settlement which adds a touch of historical interest to the hike. Veering slightly away from the main trail will lead pet parent and pup to a stunning viewpoint called Bennet's Creek Observation Point. From there in the wintertime, fur parent and furbaby can marvel at the soaring flights of bald eagles which inhabit the area.
While the Chickasaw Nature Trail is a relatively short hike as far as length goes, it's a good idea to carry some water for the pup as the stops along the way will extend the time you are out and about. There are no water fountains along the route or clean up bag dispensers, so take some of those too. Have a great time on your nature hike!